Diablo III is the 3rd iteration in Blizzard Entertainment's popular action RPG series - Diablo. It was announced on 28th June 2008 at the Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitationalin Paris, France and is currently in development. Speculation is rife that the game will be released in 2011 though Blizzard has yet to officially comment on the release plans.
Diablo III takes place in the fantasy world of Sanctuary. Two decades have passed since the events of the previous installment culminating in the defeat of the three prime evils and destruction of the Worldstone by the Archangel Tyrael.
Of a total of five character classes, the four announced so far by Blizzard are:
While the basic gameplay remains similar, a number of improvements have been made to allow efficient combat manoeuvering. Class specific quests have been introduced, and skill trees have been revamped with a larger number of skills available.
Skill runes, another first for Diablo III, change the functioning of active skills (spells, attacks etc.), thereby altering the entire aspect of their strategic applications. For example - applying the "explosion" rune to the Barbarian's leap skill will cause a small explosion where the player lands after a leap, dealing damage to nearby foes. Known skill runes named so far include - Explosion, Multistrike & Lethality.
Two new pieces of armor (Shoulder Plates & Leggings) have been introduced.
The inventory system sees some improvements. Potions and scrolls are now stackable. Weapons occupy lesser space in the stash, with large weapons taking up two slots, and smaller weapons requiring only one.
Blizzard has confirmed that they will develop and release a number of expansion packs for Diablo III.